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Gas could remain in short supply

As the remnants of Hurricane Irma move out of Florida, work is underway to resupply the state with gasoline. Hurricane Irma caused a huge spike in gasoline demand as residents evacuated, topped-out their tanks, and/or filled gas cans to power generators. This led to outages at various gas stations throughout Florida and neighboring states, and it could take a week for supply conditions to return to normal.

Suppliers face an uphill battle in the coming days, trying to keep gas stations supplied, as Florida evacuees return home in large numbers after the storm. Gas stations not located along major highways should have an easier time keeping supplies, as residents are no longer “panic pumping”, since the storm is no longer a threat. Refueling gas stations along major evacuation routes will be a top priority, as it was before the storm. Motorists are still likely to find long lines, which could lead to temporary outages, due to the surge in demand.

“Florida evacuees should plan their return home very carefully,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “First, ensure you know there are no major hazards at home or along your travel route. Expect congestion on the roadways, as the first few days after the storm will be the busiest. Pay close attention to traffic reports. Ensure you have a full tank of gas before you hit the road. Do not let your fuel gauge fall below a quarter tank before you start looking for a place to refuel. Bring a gas can in case you run out of fuel. It is not safe to drive with a full gas can inside an enclosed vehicle.”

Supplying the State

Florida does not have any crude oil refineries and relies on petroleum products delivered by tanker and barge to Florida marine terminals, primarily at the ports of Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port Canaveral, Port Manatee, and Port Everglades. Most of these ports have been shut since Saturday as a safety precaution. These ports can not reopen without passing inspection from the U.S. Coast Guard on all docks, facilities and ports.

News From The Ports

Jacksonville Port: offices will remain closed through through Tuesday.
Port Canaveral: crews are making preliminary assessments and report no major damage. General harbor conditions are being assessed to facilitate a return to normal operations as soon as possible.
Port Everglades: damage assessment is underway. The port will reopen pending approval from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Port Miami: remains closed while being surveyed by U.S. Coast Guard.
Port Tampa Bay: Initial assessments at the port show minor damage and flooding. Although vessel traffic is still suspended, plans are underway to load and begin the first transfers of fuel to tanker trucks today.

Even after the ports reopen, distributors may face challenges by way of power outages at gas stations, and flooded or closed streets.

Florida gas prices are averaging $2.72/g today. The state average is 8 cents more than this time last week.

The most expensive gas price averages in Florida are in West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.80), Miami ($2.77), and Fort Lauderdale ($2.75)
The least expensive gas price averages in Florida are in Pensacola ($2.65), Tallahassee ($2.70), and Fort Myers-Cape Coral ($2.70)
CURRENT AND PAST PRICE AVERAGES

Regular Unleaded Gasoline

Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago Highest Price on Record
National $2.668 $2.670 $2.638 $2.358 $2.181 $4.114 (7/17/2008)
Florida $2.718 $2.727 $2.644 $2.276 $2.188 $4.079 (7/17/2008)
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15 COMMENTS

  1. Does anybody know where to buy gas right now in Apopka? It is a little after 4:00 pm today Tuesday, 9/12 if you know answer me here on this article of the Apopka Voice, as I can’t see Facebook comments as I don’t have an account….thanks. My husband went to Wawa on 441 at Bradshaw and they were out and he tried Marathon and a few others and gave up. Let me know………..

  2. Golden Corral in Altamonte Springs is open. We ate lunch there today. Subway Subs are open, at least the one on 441 and the one at Welch and Rock Springs Road.

  3. There is an active power line down in the Apopka High School Parking Lot right inside the gate to the parking lot. It is lying there on the pavement. The gate is taped off with a yellow tape across, but anyone walking in there are biking around could be in danger if they step near there, or if it rains more and they come in contact with the line, so parents don’t let your kids play around there. I don’t thing there is school there tomorrow or Thursday. Duke Energy has been contacted already about it, due to a large tree that fell back there……

  4. The hurricane winds took down one of the big football field stadium lights at Apopka High School. It might even be two lights, not sure, but at least one of them is down.

  5. Still a lot of red lights not working, and with nobody directing traffic. Up 436 this morning at several intersections. We saw a bad auto crash at 436 and Thompson Road because of the traffic lights not working earlier today. Burger King at Hunt Club was open, and lined way back, as well as Chick-fil- la, and also Dunkin Donuts near Pearl Lake and 436. Backed way up in line…..

  6. I haven’t seen any little baby squirrels displaced from their nests in the trees due to the winds. I hope I don’t find any, or see any, as I have tried so hard in the past to nurse the little orphans back to health, and I always fail, even though I have read up on the how- to- do’s…..I go buy the pediatric electrolyte solution from CVS and get the sterilized eyedropper out, and hydrate the little squirrel which is the most important thing to do before you try feeding them an infant formula, and that is a very specific formula, but they last about a week, then die, and it is so depressing to me. You really have to keep them warm on a heated pad with a cloth, without burning or overheating them too. A blanket is not enough, and if they get cold, they will die. I am not an expert however, as I have never got one to live past a week. It is hard to duplicate what their mother can do for them to keep them alive.

  7. Hmmm……I read where the City of Apopka wasn’t going to pick up the household garbage today, Tuesday, that didn’t get picked up, on our regular garbage day which was Monday, when the storm was still blowing hard, and that it would be picked up on Thursday instead. I wonder why I saw a COA garbage truck loaded with household garbage coming from Rock Springs Road area heading toward town in Apopka??????? What did they do…..just pick up select areas of the VIP people????? If that is the case, that is stinkier than the garbage………

  8. Irma didn’t pick up my garbage and the city didn’t either. A black bear would have done a better job of getting rid of my garbage…….!!!

  9. One place open today, and that is Shoot Straight. People getting ready for those looters. I found out that the looters in Orlando at the Academy Sports store was after the guns and not the expensive sneakers like I thought. That makes sense. I forgot they sold guns. I should of known, I read their ads all the time.

  10. If this is the way things are going before and after a hurricane here, with no supplies, no gas, no grocery stores open, no power, no other stores open, no medicine shops open, I sure would not want to see what would happen, if we had a WAR going on in this country, and how that would go!

  11. The Orlando Sentinel did a good job. I didn’t think I was going to get a Monday newspaper, but this morning I got two newspapers, Monday and todays, and bagged up in opposite end bag openings and thrown way up to near the front of my house and not in the standing water. Great job, Orlando Sentinel delivery person, you rock!

  12. Also two football stadium lights blown down at Winter Garden’s high school. Sports newscaster lady said probably no football games this Friday at the high schools, but that it is up to them to decide. She said at least, no high school football games Friday in Seminole County.

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